State Rep. Timmy Beson this week supported a plan to lower taxes for hard-working Michigan taxpayers.
The more than $2.5 billion tax relief plan, made possible by a large surplus of state revenue, would save taxpayers by cutting the income tax rate and boosting savings for individuals, working families, seniors, and veterans. The new plan comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed previous bipartisan efforts to lower the income tax and pause the state’s gas tax.
“Tax relief will help working people in Bay County, who are paying sky-high prices,” said Beson, R-Bangor Township. “And our plan will keep helping our state in the long term. Making our tax system better will keep people in Michigan — and bring more people here.”
The plan would lower the individual income tax rate across the board from 4.25% to 4% and increase the personal income tax exemption by $1,800. Seniors age 67 and older who may currently deduct $20,000 of income individually or $40,000 jointly would be eligible for an increase of $1,800 or $3,600, respectively, with future increases automatically adjusted for inflation.
Families would be eligible for a $500 nonrefundable tax credit for each dependent 18 years old or younger. The state Earned Income Tax Credit, which offers savings for lower-income families and individuals, would be increased from 6% to 20% of eligible income — a change the governor has previously supported.
Under state law, a veteran with a permanent and total disability resulting from military service is exempted from paying property tax on their home. The plan would also apply this exemption to an eligible veteran’s surviving spouse. Veterans with a disability determined to be between 50% and 100% would be eligible for a property tax credit up to $2,000. Finally, the state would pay local governments to prevent lost revenue from the veteran exemptions.
The bulk of the tax plan, contained in House Bill 4568, passed the Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday and now advances to the governor for consideration. The remainder of the plan in Senate Bill 784 passed the Senate and is expected to pass the House early next week.
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